BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo softball team tied a program record by placing four student-athletes on the Mid-American Conference Academic All-MAC team, as announced by the conference on Tuesday.
Senior Ally Power earned the recognition for the third straight season while Alissa Karjel was honored for the second time in her career and Alyssa Cuevas and Lace Smith each earned the recognition for the first time in their UB careers.
In all, a total of 94 student-athletes were honored while UB placed four players on the squad, tying the program record set in 2018.
Senior pitcher Ally Power earned the recognition for the third straight season after capping off a stellar career in the circle for UB. A political science major with a 3.277 GPA, Power finished off her senior season with a 5-18 overall record to go along with a team-best 3.99 ERA, while notching 11 complete games. She struck out 93 batters while allowing just 39 walks in 149.0 innings pitched. The Parker, Colorado native finished her career ranked second in program history in games started (81), third in career appearances (110), fourth in innings pitched (490.0) and ranks fifth in strikeouts (348) while compiling a 4.32 career ERA.
A finance major with a 3.572 GPA, Karjel closed out her career in the blue and white playing and starting in all 43 games for the Bulls at the shortstop position. The Lancaster, NY native finished off the season batting .185 with two home runs, two doubles, a career-high 15 RBI and 13 runs scored while also drawing 24 walks. She also finished the season ranked third on the squad with 80 assists and a .907 fielding percentage.
Senior Lace Smith, a social sciences major with a 3.244 GPA, was named to the squad for the first time this season after putting together another solid season in the circle for UB. The Valrico, Florida native made 27 appearances in the circle while earning 18 starts during her senior campaign. She recorded a 5-13 overall record to go along with a 5.89 ERA, second-best on the team, and struck out 23 batters in 103.1 innings pitched.
A communications major with a 3.205 GPA, Cuevas also received the recognition for the first time in her career after appearing in 20 games in her final season with the Bulls, while recording a .968 fielding percentage.
The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport.